Elisabeth LaMotte - Counselor/Therapist, Author, Sex Therapist, Social Worker, Speaker/Presenter - Washington, DC
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Elisabeth LaMotte (LICSW,MFT,MSW)


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Phone 202-333-7424

Sherier Place, NW

Washington, DC Show on map

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During the almost twenty years since I began training as a therapist, it has been an incredible privilege to work with so many people during important, vulnerable, critical times in their lives.  Being an individual, couples and group therapist is the most rewarding, interesting, challenging work I could imagine.  Through my book, "Overcoming Your Parents' Divorce," I have been able to reach more people and help those who struggle with the impact of their parents divorce to have healthy, happy romantic relationships.  

In 2012, I founded the DC Counseling and Psychotherapy Center where I work with two wonderful associates.  Our specialities include getting through difficult break ups, improving romantic relationships, adjusting to divorce, and pre-marital counseling.  The longer I work as a therapist, the more convinced I am that what matters most is NOT how we respond to life's successes, it is how we respond to our disappointments.  Every disappointment -- a painful break-up, the end of a marriage, the loss of a job -- carries with it the potential for increased self-knowledge and personal growth.  My therapy practice emphasizes strategies for accessing that self-knowledge and and fostering personal growth in the face of adversity.  

If you are reading this, you may be struggling with depression, sadness, or anxiety. You may be in the middle of a difficult break-up, or the discovery of infidelity. Perhaps you are planning to marry, looking to improve your marriage, or trying to decide whether or not to remain in your current romantic relationship. We have had the privilege of helping many people work through these and other challenges in order to build happier, healthier lives.

It was exciting to learn that my book was a finalist in the 2008 Best Book Awards in the relationship category. It was thrilling to make it as a third round finalist in Good Morning America's 2011 Guru Search.  It is exciting to have the chance to be interviewed on the radio and to blog about relationship and psychotherapy oriented issues.  But nothing is more professionally rewarding than when a client ends therapy reviews the ways that our work has helped them to build a happier life.

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The Reason I Became A Helping Professional

I have always been inspired by others who grow from their adversity. I knew that social work would be a field where I could help others build and draw strength from life's disappointments, and I look forward to my work each and every day!

Elisabeth LaMotte

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Fee Range:

Over $120 per session

Elisabeth LaMotte

Quick Stats

Main Specialty:

Communication Problems

Dating/Being Single Support

Divorce/Divorce Prevention



Time in Practice:

10 years +

I practice in:

My state/province only

Additional Expertise:


Sex Therapist

Social Worker


I offer my services:

At my office

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Licence information:

Expiration 7/31/15
Number LC303278

Articles by Elisabeth LaMotte

Robin Williams And Cinema Therapy

What Good Will Hunting can teach us about intimacy and love.

Neglected Wife

How Our View Of Relationships And Breakups Changes As We Age

Michael Cunningham's novel depicts the changing dynamic of adult relationships perfectly.

Breakup: 5 Things Movies Can Teach You About Breakups

5 Things Movies Can Teach You About Breakups

The protagonist of 500 Days Of Summer knows all about heartbreak.

Check Out My New Book
Overcoming Your Parents Divorce: 5 Steps to a Happy Relationship
Experts predict that children of divorce are ...
By M.S.W. Elisabeth Joy LaMotte LICSW AAMFT

Elisabeth LaMotte

All Specialties

Anxiety Issues, Career, Communication Problems, Couples/Marital Issues, Dating/Being Single Support, Depression, Divorce/Divorce Prevention, Grief, Loss, & Bereavement, Infidelity / Affair Recovery, Stress Management